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Today the sun came up at 7:09 and will set at 4:52. The days are growing shorter…9 hours and 42 minutes.
History of Delta County —- Water
From the beginning a major obstacle was the water supply. The first homesteaders hauled their domestic water from the Gunnison River. This inconvenience was soon remedied in the early eighties by sinking wells. Many individual homes had their own well and by 1883 there was a town well at the junction of Third and Main.
After seepage from Garnet mesa irrigation ruined the wells, the town went back to hauling water from the Gunnison River.
Farmers and Ranchers hauled their own supply for decades before they were able to get “city” water piped into their homes. You could always tell how far a farmer or rancher lived from town by the number of water barrels in his wagon.
In 1890 the citizen focused their attention on the water supply. A system of waterworks was constructed that year for $17,000. The Gunnison River was tapped about a mile above town and the water channeled to a brick and concrete cistern. From there it was pumped through mains to an elevated tank on Garnet Mesa, about 120 feet above the post office and 140 feet above the cistern. Pressure, produced by gravity, amounted to 45 pounds per square inch at the highest part of Main Street. This was considered enough for fire protection.
There was also a steam powered pump at the North Delta bridge which furnished another domestic water source.